Project team

andrew-beerAndrew Beer is Dean, Research and Innovation at the University of South Australia Business School. He previously worked at the University of Adelaide and the Flinders University of South Australia, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Adelaide and a PhD from the Australian National University. Professor Beer has served as a Research Fellow at the University of Plymouth, a Leverhulme Fellow at the University of Ulster and a Visiting Professor at the University of North Texas. He is currently the Chair of the South Australian Government’s Homelessness Strategic Group, a Fellow of the Regional Australia Institute and has served on the College of Experts for the Australian Research Council. He is a Fellow of the UK’s Academy of Social Sciences. Professor Beer is the Chair of the Regional Studies Association, a scholarly association based in England. His research interests include the operation and functioning of Australia’s housing markets, the drivers of regional growth, economic change in major cities and the impacts of an ageing population.

john-martinDr John Martin is an emeritus professor at La Trobe University. He is a public policy and management scholar who has focused on local government across Australia throughout his career (University of Canberra 1978-98). This has included setting the strategic direction of the council, understanding what makes for an effective working relationship between the elected councillors and senior managers (Queensland University of Technology 1998-02). As the director of two regional research centres (RMIT Hamilton 2002-05 and La Trobe Bendigo 2006-14) his research and consulting has also included working with water authorities, regional development associations and agricultural industries.

John has also worked for international development agencies including the World Bank, the ADB, UNDP and AusAID in the Asia Pacific region and South Africa in the development of local government. In 2015 he was visiting professor in public sector performance management at the University of Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy.

John’s undergraduate degree is in ecology and natural resource management. He holds postgraduate qualifications in public administration, sociology, higher education and a PhD in political science and international relations from the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University (1997).


Alan Morris is a research professor in the Institute for Public Policy and Governance at the University of Technology Sydney. He has published extensively in highly rated peer reviewed journals in Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States and South Africa. His most recent book,(2016) The Australian Dream: Housing Experiences of Older Australians (CSIRO Publishing) examines the impact of housing tenure on older Australians who are dependent on the age pension. A Practical Introduction to In-depth Interviewing (2015) was published by SAGE.

chris-parisChris Paris is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and Emeritus Professor of Housing, Ulster University, having been Professor of Housing Studies at Ulster University from 1992 to 2008. He has held senior academic appointments in the UK and Australia, including three years as Director of the Australian Centre for Local Government Studies (University of Canberra, 1986-89), and visiting professorships in Australia and Hong Kong. Chris has researched local government policy and politics in the UK, Ireland and Australia since the 1970s, especially relating to housing, planning and regeneration. He was based at the University of Adelaide in 2013 and 2014 and collaborated with Andrew Beer and Alan Morris to prepare the position paper informing the development of this ARC project, Housing and local government in Australia in the 21st century (ACELG, Sydney). He has published widely in housing and related areas, including his international comparative study of second homes: Affluence, Mobility and Second Home Ownership (Routledge, 2011). Recent publications have included work on the housing of the super-rich, second home ownership in the UK and Australia, and demography and housing provision. Chris has extensive experience of applied research and consulting in the UK, Ireland and Australia, specialising in relationships between demography and housing provision.


Trevor Budge, AM, is Manager Strategy at the City of Greater Bendigo. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at La Trobe University where he was Coordinator of the Community Planning and Development Program. Trevor Budge has been actively engaged in research, applied practice and policy development in rural and regional areas of Australia and particularly Victoria since the mid-1970s. He has been employed by State government, regional bodies and local governments and conducted his own consulting business for 16 years. He has undertaken a range of research and practical studies associated with strategic planning, policy development and implementation and administration in land use planning, resource management, infrastructure provision, education and training provision.

sandySandy Horne is a Project Officer: Research at the University of South Australia Business School. After a long career in the printing and desktop publishing industries, she graduated with a BA in 2012. While an undergraduate Sandy was awarded a Summer Research Scholarship and completed an Arts Internship Program with the Migration Museum in Adelaide. Since graduating, she has worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Adelaide and is now with the University of South Australia. Some of the projects with which she has been involved includes The role of private rental support programs in housing outcomes for vulnerable Australians (AHURI); A Home for All: Cost-benefit Analysis of the Wyatt Trust Housing Initiative Grants; Regional Australia Institute: developing proxy indicators of capacity and engagement in economic development for Australian local institutions; Second homes: impacts on local government; and Public housing stock transfer – impacts and implications for local government.

Catherine DavisCatherine Davis is an early career researcher and social scientist. Her PhD in migration studies from The University of Sydney examined the role that online communities play in the lives of the so called “new” wave of Italian migrants in Australia both pre- and post-migration. A CELTA qualified ESL teacher, Catherine has taught in both Australia and Italy and has worked in various capacities for diverse NGOs. Since completing her PhD, has been employed as a Research Officer for a community organisation which helps the frail aged and younger people with disabilities access amenities and participate in community life. She is currently researching the social and health benefits of community transport on older Australians.